Lisa Cinelli
Painter, Children's Book Author - Illustrator and Instructor

Lisa Cinelli
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Lisa Cinelli is a painter, children's book author/illustrator and Teaching Artist. She has an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa taught Children's Book Illustration and other 2-D Courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1994 until the winter of 2013 when she moved to New York.

Lisa works in a studio filled with art supplies, books and sketchbooks. She loves shapes of color and line. Her classes include preparation of a picture book dummy, organization of a portfolio, Children's Book Illustration, Color Theory, and drawing and painting from life.

Her clients include:

  • Holiday House Books for Young People
  • "Highlights High Five Magazine"
  • Bebop Books
  • Harcourt Brace Publisher
  • Cricket Magazine Group
  • Augsburg Fortress
  • Scott, Foresman Publishers
  • David C. Cook Publishing Company
  • World Book Publishers
  • Enesco
  • Nystrom
  • Baxter Travenol
  • "Children's Magic Window Magazine"

Lisa is a member of:

  • Society of Illustrators, New York
  • cbig-nyc, The Children's Book Illustrators Group, New York
  • SCBWI, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • SCBWI-Metro NY

Lisa Cinelli was invited to participate in a group exhibition with Tomie dePaola in March, 2015, at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Lisa tied for third place in the 2015 Tomie de Paola Illustration Contest, sponsored by In June 2014, Lisa placed as a finalist to continue on to the final illustration guidelines for the Tomie de Paola 2015 Contest., Children's Book Illustrators Group, includes Lisa Cinelli's illustrations in two 2015 exhibitions, Dickens, A Celebration in Pictures, Feb. 2015, and Master StoryTellers, April-May 2015, Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery, Bronx, NY.

Lisa was a runner up in the 2014 Illustration Contest, judged by Tomie de Paola, sponsored by She won the 1999 Don Freeman Memorial Grant-in aid for Illustration.

Lisa Cinelli also taught Children's Book Illustration at Ox-Box, in Saugatuck, MI, and was granted a month long residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL.

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Tel: 847-309-3067


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